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Close, but no cigar.

 

I recently found out about Leica's online photography competition I SHOT IT. Lots of categories to enter and all very affordable. Each category awards one winner a Leica camera (model determined by category) and a cash prize (determined by number of entries). They also award 'Mark of Excellence' finalists for each competition. I was honored to receive this finalist award in the Black & White category last week. See all of the finalists here.

What I like most about this competition is that you can see the other entries. If you win or receive a 'Mark of Excellence,' the judge comments on your entry and you can comment back. I love reading through these comments from around the world.

I have my eye on a Leica M so I will keep entering. Nothing beats the praise of a judge who knows nothing about us.